Oskaloosa, Kansas

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Oskaloosa, Kansas
Business district of Oskaloosa (2014)
Business district of Oskaloosa (2014)
Location within Jefferson County and Kansas
Location within Jefferson County and Kansas
KDOT map of Jefferson County (legend)
Coordinates: 39°12′57″N 95°18′50″W / 39.21583°N 95.31389°W / 39.21583; -95.31389Coordinates: 39°12′57″N 95°18′50″W / 39.21583°N 95.31389°W / 39.21583; -95.31389
CountryUnited States
Named forOskaloosa, Iowa
 • Total1.03 sq mi (2.67 km2)
 • Land1.02 sq mi (2.64 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
1,119 ft (341 m)
 • Total1,113
 • Estimate 
 • Density1,100/sq mi (420/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code785
FIPS code20-53375 [4]
GNIS ID0478510 [5]

Oskaloosa is a city in Jefferson County, Kansas, United States.[6] It is also the county seat of Jefferson County. In 2010, 1,113 people lived there.[7]

History[change | change source]

Oskaloosa was created in 1856.[8] It was named after the city of Oskaloosa, Iowa.[9] The first post office in Oskaloosa was created in November 1856.[10]

In 1888, Oskaloosa people elected Mary D. Lowman mayor with a city council composed entirely of women. This makes the city the first in Kansas to elect a city administration that has only women.[11][12]

Geography[change | change source]

Oskaloosa is at 39°12′57″N 95°18′50″W / 39.21583°N 95.31389°W / 39.21583; -95.31389 (39.215849, -95.313800).[13] It is at the intersection of U.S. Route 59 and K-92, about 15 miles north of Lawrence. The United States Census Bureau says that the city has a total area of 1.03 square miles (2.67 km2). Of that, 1.02 square miles (2.64 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.[1]

Climate[change | change source]

Oskaloosa has hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. The Köppen Climate Classification system says that Oskaloosa has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[14]

People[change | change source]

Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20161,078[3]−3.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

Oskaloosa is part of the Topeka, Kansas Metropolitan Statistical Area.

2010 census[change | change source]

The 2010 census there were 1,113 people, 435 households, and 281 families living in Oskaloosa.[2]

Famous people[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-01-25. Retrieved 2012-07-06. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-07-06. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. "2010 City Population and Housing Occupancy Status". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved March 27, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. Kansas State Historical Society (1916). Biennial Report of the Board of Directors of the Kansas State Historical Society. Kansas State Printing Plant. p. 209.
  9. Carpenter, Tim (November 28, 1997). "What's in a name? Key elements of area history". Lawrence Journal-World. pp. 3B. Retrieved 28 April 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. "Kansas Post Offices, 1828-1961 (archived)". Kansas Historical Society. Archived from the original on October 9, 2013. Retrieved 11 June 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. "The Latest Kansas Innovation: A Municipal Government Composed of Women". Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, vols. 65–67, pp. 149–151 (April 21, 1888).
  12. Willard, Frances Elizabeth. A woman of the century: Fourteen hundred-seventy biographical sketches accompanied by portraits of leading American women in all walks of life. New York: Moulton, 1893, p. 476.
  13. "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. Climate Summary for Oskaloosa, Kansas

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